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    8 ways to pick yourself up after a bad start to the day

    Today I broke my own rule. I started the day by looking at the news. Bad idea. Coronavirus. Lockdown. Racism. Murder. Donald Trump. Economic crisis. You name it, it was happening in the news this morning and it took everything I had not to crawl back under the duvet and just sleep the day away. But with work to do (and also not wanting to spend the rest of my day feeling really shitty) I knew I had to pull it back before it was too late! So I quickly made a mental list of all the things I could do to help boost my mood and get my day…

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    13 ways to keep yourself entertained during lockdown

    The UK lockdown has been extended until at least 7th May and possibly even after that. I think it’s pretty safe to say we all saw that coming. But at this point you may be struggling to find enough to do to keep yourself entertained during lockdown and stay sane.  And while we understand isolation and social distancing are completely necessary right now, it doesn’t make staying at home 24/7 any easier. Especially when you can’t see your friends or family. The good news is, there are so many things you can do to keep your mind and body busy until we’re allowed to go to the pub… I mean…

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    9 Instagram accounts to follow this World Vegan Day

    Today is World Vegan Day and also marks my eleventh month without eating animals products. I can safely say that going vegan was one of the best things I have ever done – I’m absolutely loving my plant-based lifestyle. Instagram has been like my own personal guide to vegan life this year; I’ve followed some great accounts that have showed me amazing recipes, products and where to shop for my animal-free goodies. So to mark World Vegan Day I thought I’d put together a blog post about my favourite Instagram accounts for those who may not have seen them or may be considering going vegan this month. In fact, cancer…

  • Freelance writing on the road – what it’s like becoming a digital nomad

    In the months leading up to leaving I had read so much about how people had transformed their lives by becoming freelance writers and the best ways to go about it. I read a lot. I learnt a lot. But there’s one big difference between what I was reading and what I am doing, and that is that most of the people I was learning from work from the comfort of their home and generally still put in the 9-5 hours to make sure they can pay their mortgage. I don’t have a mortgage, I live in a van and Danny and I try to keep our living costs as…

  • 3 lessons the hardest year of our lives has taught me

    On Saturday 9th September 2017 we got married at Oak Tree Meadow. On Thursday 14th September we set off on our honeymoon to Fuerteventura. On Saturday 16th September, less than 48 hours later, we returned from our honeymoon after the sudden death of Danny’s dad. This was the most emotional start to married life two happy twenty-somethings could have imagined. In the months that followed we stopped living between houses and moved into the family home full-time with Danny’s mum. Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and New Year were emotional cocktails of tears, hugs and shared stories. It’s fair to say it wasn’t the start we’d hoped for. It wasn’t the first year of marriage…

  • The signs you might be suffering with mental health issues

    Focusing on wellness means touching on some serious subjects, and having meaningful conversations. While we always aim to be uplifting and inspiring, sometimes it’s important to remember that it’s OK not to be OK. This week represents Mental Health Awareness Week across the UK and many other nations. With so many people in the world suffering with mental health issues, this really is something we need to be talking about, and something close to my heart. Depression and anxiety are some of the most common mental health conditions. Yet so many people don’t recognise the signs. Many of the symptoms, causes and treatments are the same, and those who suffer…

  • Why you should always take the chance – even if it doesn’t work out!

    If someone said to you ‘would you like me to pay for you to travel the world for three months’, what would you say? Most of you are probably thinking ‘hell yeah – I’ll go pack my bags!’ This is a job opportunity that I found online today – needless to say I have to apply, right?! The only catch is that to apply you have to submit a two minute video of your hometown. Now Fleet, Hampshire is lovely, but it’s not the most exciting place in the world… So we’ll have to be very creative with this one. Why am I telling you this? Because recently I’ve been…